International call-ups will penalise Watford ahead of televised Crystal Palace clash

Watford Observer: Picture: Holly Cant Picture: Holly Cant

Watford will be “penalised” next week because their success has led to several international call-ups – with a number of the players set to feature for their country less than 48 hours before the Hornets face Crystal Palace next Friday (February 8) night.

Matej Vydra, Daniel Pudil and Joel Ekstrand could all line-up for their relevant countries on Wednesday night and Nyron Nosworthy is in contention to play for Jamaica in the early hours of Thursday morning GMT.

Watford’s home game with Crystal Palace next Friday was brought forward due to it being televised on Sky Sports and, including travel time, these players will find it extremely difficult to regain 100 per cent fitness before the Championship match.

Zola said: “Those players won’t be ruled out of the match but obviously it will be an inconvenience because in some ways we will be penalised because we have quite a few players who are going to play for their national teams.

“It is frustrating but that is the way it is, we cannot complain, we have to just make the most of it. I certainly cannot say that I am 100 per cent happy about it but I can’t do anything – complaining doesn’t help anything so we will make the most of it.”

Ekstrand, pictured, could line up against the likes of Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero as Sweden take on Argentina in a friendly in Stockholm next Wednesday.

Vydra and Pudil are also in line to play after the duo were called up to play for the Czech Republic against Turkey on the same night, while Nosworthy joins the Jamaica squad for a friendly against Mexico.

Nathaniel Chalobah is included in England’s Under-21 squad for next Tuesday’s friendly against Sweden.

Sean Murray and Connor Smith have both been selected for the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21 squad, who take on Holland, while Cristian Battocchio has been called up for Italy Under-20s, who face Germany.

Tommie Hoban has been named in the Republic of Ireland U19s squad to play two friendlies against the Czech Republic, despite the player only returning to individual training this week.

The Irish will face the Czechs in Longford next Tuesday and again in Athlone two days later as they prepare for the UEFA Championships elite qualifying round in June.

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4:14pm Fri 1 Feb 13

AngelHornet says...

Very harsh on us, considering the amount of friendlies.
Will be an interesting line up against Palace
Very harsh on us, considering the amount of friendlies. Will be an interesting line up against Palace AngelHornet
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4:24pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Richard - Come On You Golden Boys! says...

Given the importance of the fixture on Friday evening, it would certainly be reasonable for us to make a request to the respective associations that our players do not play more than 45 mins in these games.
Given the importance of the fixture on Friday evening, it would certainly be reasonable for us to make a request to the respective associations that our players do not play more than 45 mins in these games. Richard - Come On You Golden Boys!
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4:25pm Fri 1 Feb 13

AMP4WATFORD4EVER says...

A massive game that NEEDS to be won.... come what may.
A massive game that NEEDS to be won.... come what may. AMP4WATFORD4EVER
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4:48pm Fri 1 Feb 13

aefevans says...

So let's say all players named in the article are not available (except Chalobah who is playing on Tuesday and the game is in England), the squad might look something like this:

Almunia
Doyley
Hall
Chalobah
Cassetti
Forsyth
Abdi
Yeates
Hogg
Deeney
Forestieri

Bond
Neuton
Mujangi Bia
Eustace
Anya
Geijo
Possible appearance by Mensah on the bench?
So let's say all players named in the article are not available (except Chalobah who is playing on Tuesday and the game is in England), the squad might look something like this: Almunia Doyley Hall Chalobah Cassetti Forsyth Abdi Yeates Hogg Deeney Forestieri Bond Neuton Mujangi Bia Eustace Anya Geijo Possible appearance by Mensah on the bench? aefevans
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5:04pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Wimbledonhorn says...

Probably part the reason why these players were 'rested' against Bristol City so they have some chance of featuring against Palace despite playing 2 nights before..
Probably part the reason why these players were 'rested' against Bristol City so they have some chance of featuring against Palace despite playing 2 nights before.. Wimbledonhorn
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5:11pm Fri 1 Feb 13

mattymashup says...

Do a fergie and have said players all get "injured" beforehand!
Do a fergie and have said players all get "injured" beforehand! mattymashup
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5:23pm Fri 1 Feb 13

lockerbiehornet says...

I don't think it'll hamper as all (bar Jamaica) these games are in Europe and so the players can be back in Watford for Thursday morning, rested and ready for Friday. I bet all of them start bar Nos
I don't think it'll hamper as all (bar Jamaica) these games are in Europe and so the players can be back in Watford for Thursday morning, rested and ready for Friday. I bet all of them start bar Nos lockerbiehornet
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7:08pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Roger "Studs" Joslyn says...

aefevans wrote:
So let's say all players named in the article are not available (except Chalobah who is playing on Tuesday and the game is in England), the squad might look something like this:

Almunia
Doyley
Hall
Chalobah
Cassetti
Forsyth
Abdi
Yeates
Hogg
Deeney
Forestieri

Bond
Neuton
Mujangi Bia
Eustace
Anya
Geijo
Possible appearance by Mensah on the bench?
I would play Neuton Hall and Doyley as a back 3 and leave out Yeates but otherwise agree with you.
[quote][p][bold]aefevans[/bold] wrote: So let's say all players named in the article are not available (except Chalobah who is playing on Tuesday and the game is in England), the squad might look something like this: Almunia Doyley Hall Chalobah Cassetti Forsyth Abdi Yeates Hogg Deeney Forestieri Bond Neuton Mujangi Bia Eustace Anya Geijo Possible appearance by Mensah on the bench?[/p][/quote]I would play Neuton Hall and Doyley as a back 3 and leave out Yeates but otherwise agree with you. Roger "Studs" Joslyn
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9:49pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Paul Gadd says...

Wimbledonhorn wrote:
Probably part the reason why these players were 'rested' against Bristol City so they have some chance of featuring against Palace despite playing 2 nights before..
well said......our squad players should have shown enough to beat the bottom of the table team....and GFZ needs to trim the squad, so what better way than testing 'who's up for it' on a cold rainy evening in a God forsaken place miles from Herts?
[quote][p][bold]Wimbledonhorn[/bold] wrote: Probably part the reason why these players were 'rested' against Bristol City so they have some chance of featuring against Palace despite playing 2 nights before..[/p][/quote]well said......our squad players should have shown enough to beat the bottom of the table team....and GFZ needs to trim the squad, so what better way than testing 'who's up for it' on a cold rainy evening in a God forsaken place miles from Herts? Paul Gadd
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6:11am Sat 2 Feb 13

The BestTrip2011 says...

Paul Gadd wrote:
Wimbledonhorn wrote:
Probably part the reason why these players were 'rested' against Bristol City so they have some chance of featuring against Palace despite playing 2 nights before..
well said......our squad players should have shown enough to beat the bottom of the table team....and GFZ needs to trim the squad, so what better way than testing 'who's up for it' on a cold rainy evening in a God forsaken place miles from Herts?
More a case of who's up " to" it rather than " for" it.
I don't think anyone could criticise the intent of any of those who played last Tuesday, however in terms of ability it wasn't difficult to see who was found wanting.
[quote][p][bold]Paul Gadd[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wimbledonhorn[/bold] wrote: Probably part the reason why these players were 'rested' against Bristol City so they have some chance of featuring against Palace despite playing 2 nights before..[/p][/quote]well said......our squad players should have shown enough to beat the bottom of the table team....and GFZ needs to trim the squad, so what better way than testing 'who's up for it' on a cold rainy evening in a God forsaken place miles from Herts?[/p][/quote]More a case of who's up " to" it rather than " for" it. I don't think anyone could criticise the intent of any of those who played last Tuesday, however in terms of ability it wasn't difficult to see who was found wanting. The BestTrip2011
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7:34am Sat 2 Feb 13

Hampshire hornet says...

Erm... Isn't that Pudil in the picture? Do I win a prize WO
Erm... Isn't that Pudil in the picture? Do I win a prize WO Hampshire hornet
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8:31am Sat 2 Feb 13

davidjohnbarnard says...

mattymashup says...
5:11pm Fri 1 Feb 13
Do a fergie and have said players all get "injured" beforehand!


Totally agree - time for GFZ to be street wise and have a few timely injuries which suddenly clear up on Friday morning. You see it from other managers all the time before meaningless games
mattymashup says... 5:11pm Fri 1 Feb 13 Do a fergie and have said players all get "injured" beforehand! Totally agree - time for GFZ to be street wise and have a few timely injuries which suddenly clear up on Friday morning. You see it from other managers all the time before meaningless games davidjohnbarnard
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9:12am Sat 2 Feb 13

jasonwatford says...

Can anyone tell me how the feck sean murray has been called up ?? Times like this when his country should also be saying to him you have nor been good enough young man pull your finger out to get baack in the squad
Can anyone tell me how the feck sean murray has been called up ?? Times like this when his country should also be saying to him you have nor been good enough young man pull your finger out to get baack in the squad jasonwatford
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9:41pm Sat 2 Feb 13

gloryhornet4 says...

Hampshire hornet wrote:
Erm... Isn't that Pudil in the picture? Do I win a prize WO
I thought so as well. Next they will be mistaking Forestieri for Ray Wilkins.
[quote][p][bold]Hampshire hornet[/bold] wrote: Erm... Isn't that Pudil in the picture? Do I win a prize WO[/p][/quote]I thought so as well. Next they will be mistaking Forestieri for Ray Wilkins. gloryhornet4
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10:13am Mon 4 Feb 13

Mohandas says...

Overcoming obstacles has always been the key to success and this success always carries a price. We can do it if we stay collectively focussed on this amazing roller coaster journey
Overcoming obstacles has always been the key to success and this success always carries a price. We can do it if we stay collectively focussed on this amazing roller coaster journey Mohandas
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11:04am Mon 4 Feb 13

davesol says...

If we want to be a good team with good players then we need to accept this just the same as every other club that has international players. Ultimately it reflects well on how much we've achieved this season
If we want to be a good team with good players then we need to accept this just the same as every other club that has international players. Ultimately it reflects well on how much we've achieved this season davesol
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12:43pm Mon 4 Feb 13

lutondown says...

davesol wrote:
If we want to be a good team with good players then we need to accept this just the same as every other club that has international players. Ultimately it reflects well on how much we've achieved this season
Agree, anyway most will be subs and should be ok for Friday. Forresteri and Deeney is not a bad partnership.
[quote][p][bold]davesol[/bold] wrote: If we want to be a good team with good players then we need to accept this just the same as every other club that has international players. Ultimately it reflects well on how much we've achieved this season[/p][/quote]Agree, anyway most will be subs and should be ok for Friday. Forresteri and Deeney is not a bad partnership. lutondown
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10:52am Wed 6 Feb 13

PeteBogHorrorHornet says...

Roger "Studs" Joslyn wrote:
aefevans wrote:
So let's say all players named in the article are not available (except Chalobah who is playing on Tuesday and the game is in England), the squad might look something like this:

Almunia
Doyley
Hall
Chalobah
Cassetti
Forsyth
Abdi
Yeates
Hogg
Deeney
Forestieri

Bond
Neuton
Mujangi Bia
Eustace
Anya
Geijo
Possible appearance by Mensah on the bench?
I would play Neuton Hall and Doyley as a back 3 and leave out Yeates but otherwise agree with you.
My contact in Czechoslovakia tells me Pudil is not in the squad do he will still be OK for Friday
[quote][p][bold]Roger "Studs" Joslyn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]aefevans[/bold] wrote: So let's say all players named in the article are not available (except Chalobah who is playing on Tuesday and the game is in England), the squad might look something like this: Almunia Doyley Hall Chalobah Cassetti Forsyth Abdi Yeates Hogg Deeney Forestieri Bond Neuton Mujangi Bia Eustace Anya Geijo Possible appearance by Mensah on the bench?[/p][/quote]I would play Neuton Hall and Doyley as a back 3 and leave out Yeates but otherwise agree with you.[/p][/quote]My contact in Czechoslovakia tells me Pudil is not in the squad do he will still be OK for Friday PeteBogHorrorHornet
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